Standing on Principle

Standing on Principle by Steve Crandall

By 1970 troop unrest in Vietnam had grown to an all-time high. Peace signs were openly displaced and the military establishment was trying to figure out what to do about it. The unrest made it easy for just a few of us to start a revolution that would grow to encompass many more. But would there be a cost to our revolution?

Response to Attack on SB1532 (Raising the Minimum Wage)

Respect for Local Workers in Lincoln County

Upon reading the above Viewpoint submitted by Lincoln City Mayor and Subway Franchisee Don Williams I was filled with disgust. Mr. Williams wrote about his priority upon taking the helm as Mayor as economic development for Lincoln City (although I seem to recall his first priority was attempting to reintroduce prayer into City Council meetings –perhaps for his workers making minimum wage).

Republican Barking Dogs

Republican Barking Dogs

The establishment has trained the base not only to reject compromise but also to stop listening, start smirking and mocking any time the possibility is brought up. Compromise has become a dirty word in their world. Their animosity is holding them hostage, as the reaction following Mr. Scalia's death clearly shows. It was no more rational than the barking of a dog.

Bernie or Hillary?

When I do talk to many (but not all of those that are feeling the Bern) -all too often there is narrow focus on the Presidency. If a political revolution is necessary (of the non-violent variety) -there must be significant effort on all levels of government from school boards and other local bodies through state legislature, Congress and the Executive branch. 

Moving to Sanders -A Viewpoint from Gilbert Schramm

(Note: The following is an individual opinion -it is not an official endorsement by the LCDCC Central Committee or LCDCC Executive Committee).

Like many Democrats, I have been watching the first steps of the 2016 election carefully. I have been torn between backing Hillary Clinton because she seemed to have the nomination locked up, and Bernie Sanders, because he has clearly and correctly analyzed the most pressing problem facing this country—income inequality—and seems determined to do something about it.

Honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-

When I reflect upon the life of Dr. King Jr. I believe we need to understand our past, appreciate where we have made progress, analyze where we have regressed -and unite as a society for the long march ahead to fully embrace and realize the dream of brother and sisterhood shared by Dr. King Jr.

We must acknowledge that we do not live in a post-race society. We've lost too many youth of color to violence in our streets, war, prison and poverty to "declare victory".

We must acknowledge our past, right our wrongs as a nation and move forward, together.

State of our Nation, for real

“This is what you can say when Republicans claim that President Obama has done nothing for the country and has destroyed our economy. Yes, we know that facts don’t matter to them and they reject them, however, let’s do like they do and repeat the same thing over and over until people believe it.”